Mosquitoes Beware: The Fathead Minnow Is Coming For You!

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Cool story on about Bergen County deploying Fathead Minnows into local ponds to east mosquito larvae. It’s especially timely as this year’s wet spring has resulted in more favorable breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

According to the story the small fish “has a big appetite for mosquito larvae. So the state Department of Environmental Protection raises them at its hatchery in Warren County because fathead minnows — an alternative to pesticides — are the go-to natural weapon of choice for many mosquito control commissions throughout the state.”


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